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Recipe: Iowa Loose Meat Sandwiches

Photo courtesy America's Test Kitchen
Photo courtesy America's Test Kitchen

This recipe is basically just a really easy hamburger. (Is it insulting to Iowa to say that?) America's Test Kitchen gives us this very quick recipe perfect for busy nights filled with carnivores.

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Iowa Loose Meat Sandwiches
Serves 4

1 pound 85 percent lean ground beef
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon yellow mustard, plus extra for serving
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
4 hamburger buns
Sliced dill pickles

1. Combine beef, water, mustard, sugar, salt, and pepper in 10-inch skillet. Bring to simmer over medium heat, breaking up meat with spoon. Reduce heat to medium-low to maintain gentle simmer and cook, stirring frequently, until meat is no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Stir in onion, cover, and remove from heat; keep warm while preparing buns.

2. Spread extra mustard on bun bottoms then, using slotted spoon, mound beef mixture over top. Cap with pickles and bun tops. Serve.

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